Senator Morrell Statement on SAFE Act

Thursday, April 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) issued the following statement on SB 1456, the Sexual Abuse-Free Education (SAFE) Act, after its consideration by the Senate Education Committee on April 11, 2018. The measure aims to protect K-12 students by preventing educators and staff who have committed acts of sex abuse from being able to jump from school to school without facing consequences for their misconduct:

“SB 1456 is about protecting our kids. We are trying to create a system that won’t let them down. Families should feel that students are safe no matter where they go to school – that is the focus.

“I appreciate the willingness of my colleagues on the Senate Education Committee to move an amended version of the bill ahead. However, upon further reflection, the amendments strip the bill of too many key components that would limit its impact and effectiveness. Under this version, more than 250,000 school employees would not be covered by these disclosure requirements. 

“Anyone who has contact with our children should be held to the strictest vetting standards, from teachers and counselors to custodians and coaches. While the vast majority of school employees are upstanding individuals who care deeply for our students, at the same time, we have a duty to ensure that no sex predator can fly under the radar and put our children’s safety at risk.”